Awesomely Horrible Netflix Instant Films: Killer Mermaid

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Michael Garcia - May 17, 2016

Whenever I'm swimming in the ocean somewhere in the back of my mind John Williams' Jaws score is playing and I'm afraid of being eaten. I'm not saying it's a rational fear but that movie scared the crap out of me as a kid. There are other things to be afraid of in the ocean to be sure, but sharks are definitely at the top of the list. On the other hand because of the movie Splash from my childhood I have a very fond love for mermaids. If you meet one in the water she'll simply turn into 1984 Darryl Hannah and come do it with you in your Manhattan apartment. But mermaids are not always portrayed so favorably in folklore. Mostly they lure sailors to their deaths. With this in mind we have this little gem from Serbia called Killer Mermaid.

It is about...wait for it...a killer mermaid. A group of friends headed by Kelly and Lucy, who are supposed to be American but are clearly Eastern European, head for fun in the sun on an island near Montenegro. There is a subplot involving a couple of dumb dudes and their girlfriends that really don't matter. They are just there to give the killer mermaid someone to kill. She can't be called "the killer mermaid" and not kill people. They wander into an abandoned military base that is the home of both the killer mermaid and her friend who is a serial killer. Make sense? No? Just stop thinking about it and shut off your brain and it will all be OK. 

This movie seems like it is going to be a straight monster movie but then it also turns out to be a slasher flick. That's getting your money's worth. I've worked with Serbian filmmakers before and I can tell you from experience that they are wonderfully weird. I actually enjoyed this movie though it is truly terrible. 

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